LTFRB, LTO step in city traffic mess

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Monday, July 21, 2014


THE Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) have stepped in to help solve the worsening traffic situation in Iloilo City.

The move was also made to impose the implementation of a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) of the two government agencies as lead implementors of the traffic system in Iloilo City and the rest of the country.

In a public consultation on Monday among representatives of the provincial and city transport organizations, City Council committee on transportation and the two agencies, both Regional Directors Romulo Bernardes of LTFRB and Dennis Singson of LTO approved the conversion of the issued 100 car passes to provincial jeepneys into special permits to allow entrance to the city on temporary bases within 30 days or until August 20.

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Both Bernardes and Singson acknowledged the authority of the City Government, and said they are only going to convert the car passes into special permits when endorsed by the city.

Aside from that, no provincial passenger jeepneys can enter after 330 days beyond the allowed perimeter boundary terminal.

Singson said they are ready to apprehend passenger jeepneys violating their franchise line and impose stiffer fines just like in Metro Manila where colorums are fined with P1 million per unit if caught plying outside the franchise line.

Committee on transportation chairman Councilor Plaridel Nava said they have resorted to a temporary arrangement of allowing jeepneys to enter the city via the diversion road or until SM City from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Monday only.

But Singson said the franchise of these passenger jeepneys are from their point of origin in the municipalities until the boundary terminal only and the jeepneys cannot make any extension of route anymore or they be treated as colorum while the issued car passes are branded as “illegal.”

The jeepney operators are also enjoined to amend their franchise route with the LTFRB.

Nava said the city loop drivers and operators and the provincial drivers will meet again on Wednesday afternoon, July 22, to discuss and come up with a unified stand before the deadline.

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